Carmel, IN Don't-Miss Attraction: Arts District

Carmel Arts and Design District in downtown Carmel, IN, has 11 art galleries, restaurants and shops.

On Thursday, October 11, 2012 - 16:41

The Carmel Arts and Design District is the Midwest’s prime arts and design center and attracts visitors from all around the region. Located downtown, the area is includes galleries, boutiques and restaurants, in addition to the Center for the Arts.

Take a walk around the Old Town area, as downtown is often called, and see a portion of the arts half of the district. Stop in at one of the 11 galleries, where you will find local, regional and national artists who display their expertise in impressionism, abstract impressionism, Italian-Baroque, plein air, realism, neo-realism and contemporary art. As you make the rounds to see the galleries, it’s hard to miss the five life-size bronze sculptures designed by J. Seward Johnson Jr., who was the co-founder of Johnson & Johnson Corporation and retired to be an artist.

To complement the art, there are boutiques and foodie finds nestled between the art stops. Beyond the clothing stores, you will find specialized places like Artichoke Design Studio, Club Canine, Museum of Miniature Houses, Bub's Burgers and Ice Cream, and a number of others, ranging from bakeshops to tattoo parlors. Additionally, the district hosts a heap of events, such as the Art of Wine festival.

The Arts and Design District has been featured in multiple Indiana publications like the Indianapolis Star.

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